BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issued a consumer alert Wednesday saying that the summer time is the prime time for thieves looking to commit credit card fraud.
"Taking a few simple measures can help keep your credit cards and card numbers safe," said Caldwell. "Always keep a record of your account numbers, expiration dates and the credit card companies' phone numbers in a secure place in order to report fraud, a lost card or a stolen card."
The AG's Office advised people to never lend their cards to anyone, including kids or roommates, and to shred card receipts and statements when they are no longer needed.
Here are some other ways the AG's Office mentioned to not to be a victim of credit card fraud:
- Don’t give your account number to anyone on the phone unless you made the call to the company and know the company is reputable. If you are unfamiliar with the company, research the company’s reviews and complaints.
- Carry your cards separately from your wallet. It can minimize your losses if someone steals your wallet or purse. And carry only the card you need for that outing.
- Keep your eye on your card, during a transaction. Make sure you get it back before you walk away.
- Never sign a blank receipt. Draw a line through any blank spaces above the total.
- Save your receipts to compare with your statement as soon as possible.
- Open your bills promptly — or check them online often — and reconcile them with the purchases you’ve made. Once you’ve reconciled your transactions, shred all receipts and statements.
- Immediately report any questionable charges to the card issuer.
- Notify your card issuer if your address changes or if you will be traveling.
Anyone who suspects they are a victim of credit card fraud is urged to report it immediately. Caldwell also advises that any lost, stolen, or compromised card should be reported to the credit card company immediately.
For more information about credit card fraud or for other consumer-related information, call the AG's Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 351-4889 or visit www.AGBuddyCaldwell.com.